Thursday, 12 March 2015

Texture First

Dogwood Blossoms
28.5cm x 38cm Saunders Waterford 300gsm Rough
I have just had my class here on Tuesday for Week 5 in their 8 week watercolour course. In week 4, I demonstrated how to add texture using cling film and their homework was do a clingfilm texture background and bring along a couple this week so that we could paint something on top. It is a great exercise in some negative painting and also using your imagination to work with the texture results, choosing a subject that will work . I did my homework too before we had a few days away by preparing a soft background. I was quite excited with the texture created and wanted to finish the work immediately but I resisted and left it for the class. In the end I didn't get to paint my flower subject during class as it really was busy getting to everyone when each student had prepared something really unique and also the 6 students all chose a different subject for on top.
I finished mine in the afternoon when they left.
Below are paintings that did get completed by the end of the class. Others took theirs home to work on. Both of these are on practise paper, still 300gsm  but not cotton rag. I think the results are rather good. Next week we tackle an entirely Negative painting.

                                       by Betteanne                                      by Susan                                               

17 comments:

  1. Lorraine your Dogwood Blossoms are beautiful! Love the soft colors. What an exciting technique for your class to learn. And terrific results!

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    1. Thanks Sherry, I will pass this on to the girls on Tuesday

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  2. Brilliant to see you teaching and what super results, you must be really proud of them!! I do an exercise in negative paintings with the groups I go to, works well and teaches them a lot...look forward to seeing what they do next time!! Lovely painting btw!!

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    1. I think the class surprised themselves too with their great results, am really enjoying teaching Judith

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  3. beautiful results, Lorraine, both for you and your students.

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  4. All wonderful paintings, Lorraine. I love the blossom painting at the top.

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  5. You are doing a beautiful job passing your knowledge to your students Lorraine! Their work looks amazing! Your flower painting is simply lovely!

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    1. thanks Celia, it is quite rewarding teaching a class, I am learning lots too

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  6. Wow - Lorraine - I can see from your student's work that you are a wonderful teacher. What a great idea. I have used cling film before but never thought about painting negatively or creating something over top. Will take this lesson you shared and see what I come up with as well. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a lovely week.

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    1. Would love to see your experiments Debbie

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  7. I really like the soft colors of the dogwood plant, and your students are doing great too ! A very inspiring lesson !

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    1. thanks Jane, I love letting a lot of the work do itself

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  8. I love the soft background behind the dogwoods!!! Great job and the students look like they have really absorbed the lesson well.

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  9. A sense of great sweetness pervades all compositions, dear Lorraine.

    I think that you, with your students spend hours very intense and enjoyable. Congratulations to you for this activity and to them for the commitment they demonstrate in following you as a teacher.

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  10. I am anxious to see what you have achieved next class. Your students made great paintings! I haven´t done plasticwrap many times, find it hard to get it the way I want it. I guess I should try to paint with very very light colours and see how that turns out. Maybe I made it too dark so that the lines got too sharp. I think so anyway. Well, have to go, See you here soon!

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